By Charlie Campbell
Summary: During the 2020 season, Northwestern lost its best offensive lineman Rashawn Slater to a COVD-19 opt-out. While that hurt the Wildcats, the decision opened an opportunity for the freshman Skoronski, who ran with the chance, turning in a star season and earning a Second-Team All-Big Ten nomination. He was even better in 2021, starting at left tackle for the Wildcats. Skoronski then put together a superb 2022 season in which he only allowed one sack and barely any pressure on the quarterback.
As a pass blocker, Skoronski can bend and move smoothly. He has quick feet and can play the typewriter to glide with pass rushers to keep them from running the arc around him. Skoronski does not have good length, but he uses what he has well and is a smart tactician with how he engages defenders. Skoronski places his hands well and shows good technique for negating speed or power rushes.
In the ground game, Skoronski is effective and contributes well. He generates movement on defenders, possessing the ability to push them or manipulate them through some advanced power. As a junior, Skoronski showed more strength and power to knock defenders off the ball and drive them back. He was a tough blocker in short-yardage situations, and he displayed the necessary strength to be a starting right tackle in the NFL. Aided by his quickness and smooth-moving ability, Skoronski is very good at firing to the second level to get to blocks on linebackers or move in space pulling around the line.
The big knock on Skoronski is short arms, which are said to be 32 inches. That is extremely short for an NFL tackle, but Skoronski has a good skill set with advanced technique, so the lack of length was not a problem at Northwestern.
Whether he plays guard or tackle as a pro, Skoronski looks like a future starter and has the potential to be a very good NFL offensive lineman. He is a pure football player who could be a plug-and-play starter. With his versatility, Skoronski has the potential to possibly start at either guard or tackle position in the NFL.
Player Comparison: Zack Martin. Skoronski is reminiscent of Zack Martin coming out of Notre Dame. They are the same height and weight at 6-foot-4, 315 pounds while possessing good quickness, athleticism and strength. Martin was said to have an arm length of 32.25 inches, and Skoronski’s arm is said to be 32 inches long. Martin has been an excellent pro and was a plug-and-play starter after being a mid-first-rounder. Skoronski should go in the middle of Round 1 during the 2023 NFL Draft and could be a plug-and-play starter.
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